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JUST PLAIN BILL . . . . Lifelong Eastern Ontario resident Bill Robertson has published Just Plain Bill, a 163-page memoir that covers his growing up during the Great Depression and his life-long career with Canadian Pacific Rail. His postings included Cobourg, Sharbot Lake, Kingston, Peterborough, Lindsay, and Medonte . . . . click here to read more.

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DUEL . . . . Much has been written about the fatal duel between John Wilson and Robert Lyon that took place in Perth, Ontario, June 13, 1833. Much has been written -- but apparently not all has been revealed. Author David Mulholland claims to have uncovered an account written fifty years after the duel. It was written at the request of John Watson, a Professor of Moral and Mental Philosophy (Psychology) at Queen's University in Kingston . . . . click here to read more.


The items below consist mostly of photographs, documents and objects I've come across in my research and in rooting through flea markets. I assume that most of them relate to Eastern Ontario or upstate New York. I welcome submissions from anyone of scans of relevant photographs or documents, etc.

Anyone discovering ancestors in these photographs ("for sale" section only) please email me, as you can have them for my cost plus postage.

But now there's a problem -- since I first posted these photos I've moved twice, and the photos have ended up in one of 200-plus boxes of books in storage. So although my intentions are in the right place, the photos aren't.

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  • Group photo taken 1911. Included are the names written on the back of the photo. Two versions of the photo are shown -- size-as and very much enlarged of the students only -- plus a scan of the names written on the back. The names have been expanded through information received from an Ashbury College researcher. First names have been given to most of the boys and those who were killed in World War I are shown.
  • Probably Ashbury College. A group of about 60 men and boys of all ages, with the younger ones dressed for racing or other sport. Photo taken c.1900, in front of a building with a distinctive design on the doors. Can anyone identify the location for certain? Note the teacher holding a hand-gun! He is one of two teachers who are probably in the photo above which is definitely of Ashbury College.
  • JACKSON Homestead at 212 Springfield Road, later sold to Ashbury College. Fifteen people are gathered on the verandah.
  • NEW  Orangeville High School, about 1950. Many thanks to Laraine Maltby Smith for this group photo of 40 students plus their teacher. Only three students, Gerald Pattullo, Marguerite Storey and Marion Wilson, are identified. (Updated August 5, 2014)
  • Rosemont, Ont. Union School class, 1890's. Mono Twp., Dufferin County. Pictured are about 53 students plus five adults who presumably are teachers or school board members. Only one person is identified, and his surname is McNabb.

  • These are links to my genealogy website and to the LCGS website. Pages will be displayed in a new browser window.
  • Disjunction Certificate, John DOBIE & Mary BARBER. Document written in Tortherwald, DFS, SCT., 1820. They first settled in Lanark County, Ont., then where did they go?
  • DOBIE-SMITH Bible This family first settled in Lanark County, Ontario, then moved on to Chesley, Bruce County, Ont. Surnames: Dobie, Elliot, Graham, Halliday, Holliday, Houston, Knox, Livingston, Mair, Mclellan, Newell, Smith, Tatlock, Walls. This link is to the Lanark County Genealogical Society website.
  • DOBBIE Families of Lanark County My research notes. Mostly taken from the Perth Courier.
  • Photo of Hannah DOBBIE of Lanark County, Ont., and her daughter Theressa McGonegal, circa 1930.
  • Many thanks to Laraine Maltby Smith for these class photos.
  • NEW  Halton County Class Photos. This link will take you to the "Halton Images" website. Enter class photo into the search box and there will be over 1300 hits, from 1880 to the present day. (Added April 2, 2014)
  • NEW  Omagh Public School Class Photos, 1930's. Two different class photos with the same two students identified -- Helen & Warren O'Connor. (Added March 9, 2014)
  • NEW  S.S. #6, Omagh, Trafalgar Township, about 1939. Class of 21 students with their teacher, Miss Black. Surnames so far: Beaty, Black, Devlin, Ford, Kelly, LeRiche, Marshall, McCann, Miller, Noble, O'Connor. (Added April 2, 2014)

This photo collection is now in the Lanark County Archives.

  • Izzat photo121 Photos, only a few identified. This collection of photographs was found in an old suitcase in the landfill at the McDonalds Corners municipal dump. Many of the photo locations are farms and other rural areas, and except in a couple of cases, not enough background is shown to identify their location. Some photos show town or city houses, and in one case, what seems to be a large city school. One photo almost certainly was taken in downtown McDonalds Corners, Ontario, and another is of a class at the Elphin school. I'll need your help to identify the others. Studio photos were taken in Perth and Brockville, Ontario, while others were taken in Manitoba at studios in Brandon and Winnipeg, and yet another is from "Irvine" with no state or province given. In addition, a photo booklet, "The Town Of Souris", was found with the photos. Only a few people are identified; they are: Lyle Keith Bulloch, Essie and Meda Caldwell (identified as being from Watsons Corners), Robert Carmichael, Robert John Ferguson, John Fletcher (photo taken in Irvine), Mrs. Allan Izatt, and Mary Rae Kellie. This collection presents a fascinating puzzle -- about the only thing that can be assumed is that the people shown here are connected in some way to the Izatt family -- relatives, friends or neighbours.
    Click here to see the menu of photos.
  • IZATT notes and facts. Information gathered on this family since posting the photo collection above. The connection between these Izatts and two families in Souris and Reston Manitoba has now been made clear. Surnames so far are: Allen, Bulloch, Caldwell, Ferguson, Izatt, Millar, O'Connor, Pudd, Ranger.
  • See Elphin on the latest version of Google Maps.
  • A collection of photos with descendant lists. The Maxwell and Robertson families arrived in Lanark County, Ontario, circa 1820, and had at least two marriages between them. One branch left Lanark County about 1880 and settled in Snowflake, Manitoba. Other family members spread throughout North America, and as far away as Mexico.
    If you click on a surname link above, a descendant list will be displayed with links to photos of specific people. Or you can see a menu of the photos arranged by family.
    I'm still working on this collection and will update it with more photos after some questions have been resolved.
    Many thanks to Craig Maxwell for the photos -- Craig, your email address no longer works -- and to for updated info on the two families.
  • Letter from James and Margaret Robertson to Alexander Pringle. This letter was written from Lanark Ontario in 1845 to their nephew Alexander Pringle in Cobourg Ontario.
  • Many thanks to Laraine Maltby Smith for this series of class photos.
  • NEW  Brampton, McHugh Public School, Grade 7, 1946. Class of 37 students plus their teacher. So far, Norma Conboy is the only one identified. (Added March 10, 2014)
  • NEW  Brampton, McHugh Public School, circa 1948. Class of 32 students with no teacher. Only two of the students are identified -- surnames so far are May and O'Connor. (Added March 9, 2014)
  • S.S. No. 5 Chinguacousy Township. This is a modern photo of the schoolhouse. All of the S.S. No. 5 Chinguacousy Twp. photos below were taken with the students in front of the side wall.
  • S.S. No. 5 Chinguacousy Township, 1899 class photo. Class of 18 students plus their teacher, Mr. Murdock. All but five students are identified. Surnames so far: Fewster, Hunter, Ingram, McClure, Murdock, Smith, Thompson.
  • S.S. No. 5 Chinguacousy Township, 1907 class photo. Class of 25 students plus their teacher, Miss M.A. McColl. All are identified. Surnames: Black, Farnsworth, Hunter, Hutton, McClure, McColl, Moore, Sharpe, Smith, Trimble, Williamson.
  • S.S. No. 5 Chinguacousy Township, 1914 class photo. Class of 25 students plus their teacher, Miss Chishom. Eleven students now identified: Surnames so far: Fraser, McClure, Sterritt, Winters.
  • S.S. No. 5 Chinguacousy Township, 1931 class photo. Class of 26 students plus their teacher, Miss Peck. All are identified, including the names of four absent students. Surnames: Balaam, Bevis, Black, Byrne, Clark, Divell, Fletcher, Henshaw, Jarvie, King, Marshall, McCanless, McClure, McGee, Pearson, Peck, Reed, Walwork, Willis.
  • S.S. No. 5 Chinguacousy Township, 1935 class photo. Class of 22 students with no teacher. All are identified. Surnames: Berbee, Bisco, Black, Clark, Divell, Fletcher, Henshaw, Howard, Jarvie, McClure?, McGee, Moffat, South, Walwork.
  • S.S. No. 5 Chinguacousy Township, 1937 class photo. Class of 19 students plus their teacher, Miss McKenna. All are identified. Surnames: Berbee, Black, Divell, Fletcher, Henshaw, Howard, Jarvie, McGee, McKenna, South, Sterritt, Walwork.
  • S.S. No. 5 Chinguacousy Township, 1939 class photo. Class of 28 students plus their teacher, Miss McKenna. All are identified. Surnames: Berbee, Black, Buttery, Copeland, Crozier, Davey, Divel, Dixon, Howard, Jarvie, McKenna, Moffat, Moore, South, Sterritt.
  • S.S. No. 5 Chinguacousy Township, 1943 class photo. Class of 32 students plus their teacher, Mrs. Leon. All are identified. Surnames: Ashmore, Berbee, Black, Buttery, Davey, Dixon, Fendley, Fraser, Jarvie, Law, Leon, McClure, Moffat, Ollis, Piper, Pratley, Sterritt, Swackhammer, Tosh.
  • S.S. No. 5 Chinguacousy Township, 1944 or 1945 class photo. Class of 32 students plus their teacher, Mrs. McKay. None of the students are identified, but some can be recognized in the 1946 class photo.
  • S.S. No. 5 Chinguacousy Township, 1946 class photo. Class of 38 students plus their teacher, Mrs McKay. Twenty-two students identified: surnames so far: Ashmore, Babcock, Clarridge, Dickson, Finley, Fraser, Hillick, Jarvey, Kingdon, Law, McClure, McKay, Moffit, Murray, Ollis, Schwakhammer, Sterritt.
  • S.S. No. 5 Chinguacousy Township, circa 1951/52 class photo. Class of 43 students plus their teacher, Mrs. Wadge. All but one are identified. Surnames so far: Ashmore, Babcock, Burrows, Bush, Davis, Delill, Fraser, Frost, Hendriks, Hutton, King, Kingdon, Law, Lomas, MacLean, Maltby, Mara, Merklinger, Morris, Murphy, Murray, O'Connor, Osborne, Pearson, Sullivan, Swackhammer, Vandergust, Wadge, Zoltek.
  • NEW  S.S. No. 19 Chinguacousy Township, 1931 class photo. Class of ten students plus their teacher, Edith Bell (later Edith Pattullo). None of the students are identified. (Added March 3, 2014)
  • NEW  S.S. No. 26 Chinguacousy Township, class photo. Unknown year. Class of 13 students plus their teacher. Only three of the students are identified. Only surname so far is Maltby. (Added March 9, 2014)
  • Huttonville P.S., "Junior Room", 1951 class photo. Class of 19 students plus their teacher. Nobody is identified.
  • NEW  Huttonville P.S., Grades 1, 2 & 3, 1952 class photo. Class of 28 students plus their teacher, Miss McClure. Nine students are unidentified. Surnames so far: Burton, Butt, Fraser, Haynes, Kingshott, Lockhurst, Marshment, McClure, McGonigle, Pennycook, Pickells, Putman, Snider, Thrower, Whitelaw. (Added March 9, 2014)
  • Huttonville P.S., Grades 4, 5 & 6, 1952 class photo. Class of 42 students plus their teacher, Miss Menary. Three students are unidentified. Surnames so far: Ashmore, Babcock, Burrows, Cardinal, Cordingley, Davis, Downton, England, Frost, Harston(?), Haynes, Hendriks, Hutton, Kingdon, Lacey, Lockhurst, Madill, Marshment, McClure, Menary, Merklinger, Morris, Muir, Murphy, Noble, Pennycook, Petri, Piper, Pollard, Poole, Snider, Soames, Taylor, Thrower, Trimble, Webster, Whitlaw.
  • Huttonville P.S., Grades 6, 7 & 8, 1956 class photo. Class of 31 students with no teacher. Surnames: Arthey, Barrett, Berry, Burrows, Burton, Cooley, Haynes, Hufton, Kingshott, Law, Lockhurst, Marshment, McGillvary, McGonigal, Moore, Pennycook, Smith, Soames, Stewart, Swerdfeger, Taylor, Thrower, Trimble, Veenstra, Warren, Wrenn.
  • Huttonville P.S., Grades 7 & 8, 1957 class photo. Class of 23 students. Two students are unidentified. Surnames so far: Arthey, Barratt, Burton, Collins, Cooley, Haynes, Hufton, Law, Lockhurst, Marshment, McGonigal, Moore, Pennycook, Soames, Sovereign, Stewart, Swerdfeger, Trimble, Wrenn.
  • NEW  Woodhill P.S., about 1930 class photo. Class of 19 students plus their teacher Mrs. Wilfred Watson (nee Wilson). Two students are unidentified. Surnames so far: Campbell, Davis, Elinsky, Hostrawser, Maltby, Timms, Ward, Watson, Wright. (Added March 9, 2014)
  • NEW  Halton County Class Photos. This link will take you to the "Halton Images" website. Enter class photo into the search box and there will be over 1300 hits, from 1880 to the present day. (Added April 2, 2014)
  • Many thanks to Kathleen Anne Palmer-O'Neil for this series of histories and photos of her family. They are arranged roughly in chronological order by generation.
  • Marion Umpherson Prentice, a short history. Marion, who married James Prentice in 1874, was Kathleen Anne Palmer-O'Neil's great-grandmother. After being widowed in 1880, she was a seamstress in Lanark Village from about 1890 until her death in 1918. Surnames mentioned: Manion, McCargan / McCargar, Cohen, McLean, Molyneaux, Pepper, Prentice, Rice, Umpherson, Umpherston, Waddell.
  • James Lorne Prentice, cheesemaker. James (1879-1951) was the son of James Prentice and Marion Umpherson Prentice (item above). He was a Lanark County cheesemaker and worked for many years at Balderson Cheese. Surnames mentioned: Closs, Crandall, Darou, Graham, Gunn, McLean, Molyneaux, Palmer, Pate, Prentice, Umpherson.
  • James McLean, Lanark Village tailor. James (1871-1940) was the husband of Agnes Kathleen Prentice, daughter of James Prentice and Marion Umpherson Prentice. Surnames mentioned: Baker, Campbell, Crain, Gunn, McFadden, McLean, McVean, Molyneaux, Paul, Prentice, Scott, Umpherson.
  • Marion Kathleen McLean and Mary Dunnett. Marion (1903-1996) was the daughter of Agnes Kathleen Prentice and James McLean (item above). She had a children's clothing store in Perth for many years, and lived with her partner Mary Dunnett. Surnames mentioned: Bush, Dunnett, McBride, McLean, Prentice.
  • More Prentice photographs. Four photos which wouldn't fit into the short histories above. Surnames are: Graham, Molyneaux, Prentice.
  • Lanark Township people, 27 photos. There are two large group photos, one with 33 women and girls, the other with mostly children and teens. The others are mostly studio portraits and family groups. Nobody is identified but they are associated in some way with the following families: Closs, Easton, Fleming, Gibson, Graham, Gunn, McKinlay, McLean, Molyneaux, Paul, Prentice, Rankin, Umpherson.

  • See Greg Chown's Lost Toronto and Lost Toronto 2 history blogs.
  • Map of The City of Toronto, before 1886. This map of what is now downtown Toronto was scanned from the 1886 edition of 'Toronto "Called Back", 1886 to 1850,' published in 1886.
  • Ontario Veterinary College Class of 1905. Thanks to Taylor Kennedy for this photo and identification of the names under each slightly fuzzy medallion portrait. Most are identified and a name will pop up when you put the cursor over a portrait. OVC was located in Toronto until it moved to Guelph in 1922. Surnames so far: Anderson, Bair, Bay, Beamer, Benjamin, Broadfoot, Brother, Byer, Campbell, Carmack, Carr, Chappele, Christian, Clark, Cordick, Cottrill, Cowan, Coxe, Crooks, Deavenport, Decow, Dettman, Dewar, Drown, Estay, Fulcher, Galbraith, Gibson, Gordon, Greenwood, Haggerty, Henrickson, Hilton, Humphrey, Hunter, Johannes, Jones, Kain, Keller, Kidder, Knight, Labrosse, Lane, Lavery, Lawton, Lenton, Lloyd, Lowery, Mahon, Matthew, McCartney, McCreight, McLeish, McNally, McNeil, Meiser, Mollison, Montague, Moore, Morgan, Myers, Newton, Pearce, Philip, Pinhorn, Porter, Pugh, Ross, Russell, Scott, Sears, Shearer, Spidell, Stoner, Sweeney, Thompson, Tiffany, Titterud, Tornquist, Valentine, Walters, Watson, West, Winans, Young.
  • NEW  University of Toronto, University College, class of 1943. This graduation photo was purchased from an antique store in Ottawa. It consists of 212 portraits, arranged alphabetically by name, plus portraits of four college officials. Surnames: Adams, Aluf, Ander, Anderson, Appleyard, Ardiel, Bailey, Ballantyne, Balmer, Banfield, Bannerman, Barnes, Basher, Beanes, Bilevich, Binsky, Blockley, Boyd, Bricker, Brontman, Brown, Buchanan, Bucovetsky, Cameron, Campbell, Carter, Chard, Chechalk, Clinch, Cody, Coleman, Coneybeare, Cornell, Cornwall, Corp, Couch, Cowan, Crane, Cruise, Dallyn, Davis, Day, Dean, Dewar, Dods, Douglas, Edell, Edelstein, Elias, Elmore, Ewins, Ferguson, Fernie, Finlayson, Fisher, Francis, Frankel, Fraser, Gardner, Geering, Geldert, Gimple, Graham, Green, Greenleaf, Griggs, Grossman, Gulch, Gutzman, Hall, Ham, Hedley, Henderson, Himmel, Hooton, Howard, Howie, Hoyle, Jack, Jenkins, Johnson, Johnston, Kahn, Kassirer, Katz, Kennedy, Kerr, Knowles, Koppel, Krausse, Langford, Lark, Latimer, Leggett, Leigh-Mallory, Lesueur, Livingstone, Locke, Loffmark, MacBeth, MacDonald, MacMillan, Macaulay, Marshall, Masters, Matchett, McAndrew, McBride, McClelland, McConnell, McCreery, McDonald, McLauchlin, McLeod, McMillan, McQueen, McRuer, Merritt, Miller, Mills, Mollard, Morse, Moss, Munns, Near, Nicholls, Nicol, Niemeier, Norsworthy, Norwich, O'Mara, Parker, Patten, Petegorsky, Potashin, Pounder, Powell, Prager, Ramsden, Redfern, Robson, Rose, Rosenberg, Rosenbluth, Rowat, Salter, Sametz, Samoloff, Sanders, Satthianadhan, Savage, Schild, Schneider, Schnittman, Schoonmaker, Shear, Shields, Shuttleworth, Simmons, Simon, Sinclair, Sneath, Snyder, Solway, Spanis, Stee, Stewart, Stock, Stone, Straus, Street, Sutton, Sweetman, Sztokalo, Taillefer, Talbot, Tucker, Tureck, Turner, Ursem, Verity, Vesa, Vizzard, Waddell, Walden, Wallace, West, Westman, White, Whitfield, Willan, Williams, Willson, Wilson, Wood, World, Wright, Yarrill, Zierler. (Added October 18, 2014)
  • Queens Rifles Band, circa 1945. Thanks to Taylor Kennedy for this photo. Twenty-eight men are in the band but only Harold Conner is identified. Can you identify anyone else?
  • Picket at Toronto City Hall, Summer, 1970. Joe A. Lauwers felt he had been betrayed by the Canadian Government when they confiscated his passport and deported his nine-year-old daughter without cause, so he took his message to the public, written on four large bread-boards.
  • The McCaul Street Memorial Co-op, Summer, 1970. About 40 houses in the block bounded by Beverley, Cecil, Henry and Baldwin Streets were owned by Toronto Hydro who evicted the tenants because they wanted to demolish them. Here are 39 photos of the tenants and of the officials who served the papers and tore down the signs. Plus a scan of the information leaflet published by the Co-op. People identified so far: Dan Heap, William Kilbourn, Bob McArthur, John Phillips, John Sewell.
  • Free Lighthouse Concert, City Hall, Sept. 20, 1970. Featured bands were Lighthouse and Mudflat, which was the warm-up band. This was an amazing performance. I've posted 33 photos here from four rolls of film.
  • Wedding at the Huron St. Community Hall. The hall at 15 Huron St. was the unoficial headquarters of the American war resister and deserter community. These 19 photos show a wedding between an American draft resister and Canadian woman.
  • NEW  Anti-War Measures Act Demonstration, 1970. Fourty-four photos by Charles Dobie. Because of the FLQ crisis in Quebec, the Canadian Government invoked the War Measures Act on Friday, October 16, 1970, which suspended most civil rights. This demonstration in the square at Toronto's City Hall, was held at 2 p.m. the next day. Some of the speakers were Terry Campbell, Rob Fairley, Harry Kopyto, Joan Newbigging, Nancy Pocock, and Clayton Ruby. Participants: George Addison, Al Cappe, Mike Constable, Martin Freeman, Stan Gray, Greg King, Jessie McKenzie, Vern Olson, Harry Stone, Zoltan Szoboszloi, Chris Therott, John Wilson, Joseph Young, Peter Zorzi. Were you there? You might see yourself in the crowd. (Updated Dec. 5, 2013)
  • Anti-Vietnam War demonstration, summer, 1970. One of the many anti-war demonstrations in front of the US Consulate by Maoist communists. I don't know the official name of this particular group but I'm sure someone will tell me. Twelve photos, nobody yet identified.
  • Anti-Vietnam War demonstration, summer, 1972/3. An anti-Vietnam War rally which must have started at St. James Church. The route is confusing but the photos are posted in the order taken. I don't know where it ended -- possibly I ran out of sunlight or time. One group identified is "Jan. 20 Action Coalition".
  • Toronto Street and People Photography, mostly 1970 & 1971
    • NEW  Huge Indoor Book Sale, 1970. The consensus is that the location was Varsity Arena. The inside of the stadium/arena was crammed with books and book buyers. Not to mention a camel. Six photos. (Updated Oct. 25, 2013)
    • Free Rabies Clinic, 1970. Eight photos of a free rabies clinic for pets. The location is unknown, but it was a residential neighbourhood with construction cranes in the distance. I'm guessing it might be the Christie Pits area.
    • Baldwin Street, September, 1970. Children in front of the Baldwin Street Gallery being photographed by Laura Jones and the late John Phillips. Also a small music festival held on the sidewalk almost next door to the Gallery, in front of The Yellow Ford Truck store. Nine photos.
    • NEW  Kid Bastien's Camelia Band at Grossman's Tavern. Some time in 1970. All band members are identified. Surnames: Bastien, Berry, Dyson, Leggett, Savory. (Updated July 30, 2014)
    • Hari Krishna kids on Yonge Street. October, 1970. These four photos were on the same roll of film as the Anti-War Measures Act demo, above.
    • People on Yonge Street, 1971. Crowds and individuals photographed on Yonge Street.
    • Kensington Market, 1971 or 1972. Twenty photos taken one afternoon on a walk through the market. Stores so far identified are: Europa Butcher, N. Goldlist Poultry Market, Kaplan's Cheese House, possibly Lottman's Bakery.
    • Guerilla Newspaper, 1970 and summer of 1971. Three photos, one taken inside their office at 201 Queen St. East, and another taken outside. Also a portrait of Al Darlington, photographer. Other surnames are Constable, Dobie, Hardiman, Hutchinson.
    • Street photos, autumn of 1972. Eighteen photos taken in the early fall of 1972. I walked from my home in Cabbagetown, east along Carlton Street to Allan Gardens, photographing some of the people I met. This includes a rally of the Edmund Burke Society which was in progress in Allan Gardens. Then to City Hall, Spadina Ave., and then to the site of the just-demolished Toronto Star building on King Street.
    • Inside the Toronto Star. Eight photos in total, one from 1970 of the late John McDonald, sports writer. Also seven photos from the early or mid-1980's, taken inside the composing room when the Star was transitioning from "hot metal" production to photo-typesetting.
  • Toronto, Ontario: Four Cyrillic gravestones which I photographed in Toronto Necropolis & Crematorium in 2005. I originally assumed they were Russian, but have since been told that three are Macedonian and one is Bulgarian. Complete translations of the inscriptions are now given. Surnames are: Bobov, Dzhogomanov, Iliov, Markov.

There is a large collection of photographs of mostly Eastern Ont. people and places on the
Lanark County Genealogical Society "Mostly Photos" page.
also see
the Lanark County GenWeb "Pictures" page.

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This photograph album was found in a Toronto bookstore in the mid or late 1980's. The photos span about 15 years -- the first 30 pages were taken at Cassumit Lake (about 120 km north-west of Red Lake) in northern Ontario, and record the construction of one or more mines there and the transfer of heavy equipment to them by aircraft. Subsequent pages seem to consist of photos of friends and/or relatives of the album's owner and range from Ontario and Winnipeg to Nova Scotia, with one photo seeming to be of a mountain town (in Alberta or BC?).

Photos of aircraft with the following registration numbers were taken at Cassumit Lake: CF-AAT, CF-ABK, CF-AQW, CF-ARM, CF-AWV.

The following locations are identified: Cassumit Lake (ON), Deep Brook (NS), Dobie Townsite (ON), Halifax, Hatt Cove (NS), Kenogami (ON), Kerr Addison (ON), Temagami (ON), Winnipeg -- but most of the photos have no location given.

The following names are identified: Donnie Baird; Briden; Nancy & Brian Buckles or Bucklis or Buckus; the Cassidy Children; Peter & David Chillas; Allyn, Nancy & Tommy Clarke; Connors; Mary Cooks; Ann Cooks; Jane Dewar & sister; May deWitt; Mrs Gaudore or Gadaure; the Goddards; Janet Goodman; Heather Jakeman; Mrs Matthews; Miss McAlpine; Mary McDonald; Miss McMillan; Peter McPeak or McPeat; Keltie Munroe; Miss Penton; Eleanor Perkins; Charlie Putnam; Belle Roberts; Carol Simm; Bill Smitheringale; Frankie Stanley; Tyrell; Patsy Webster; Williams; Peter, Grace & Charlotte Woodbury. Note that there are more people identified only by their given name or by initials.

  • NEW  See Atikokan on the latest version of Google Maps. Atikokan is in northwestern Ontario, about 200 km. west of Thunder Bay and 150 km east of Fort Frances, and Sapawe is a small village on the railroad about 10 miles east of Atikokan. We moved to Atikokan in January of 1953, when the town's reason for being was Steep Rock Iron Mines, which was operating the world's largest open pit iron mine, and Caland Ore, which was mining a separate part of the same pit. At its height in the 1960's, three mines produced millions of tons of iron ore annually. I was there until I left high school to join the Canadian Navy in the fall of 1960. The mines have long since closed but Atikokan survives, successfully marketing itself as "The Canoeing Capital of Canada". Click here to see the menu. (Updated November 20, 2014)
  • NEW  Kearns and Virginiatown are two small towns in north-eastern Ontario, situated almost on the Quebec border between Kirkland Lake Ont., and Rouyn Quebec. See Kearns & Virginiatown on the latest version of Google Maps. We lived in Virginiatown from about 1943 to about 1947, then made the one-mile move to Kearns where we lived until January 1953. This is a steadily growing collection of photos contributed by website users. In fact, it is now the largest part of this website. Click here to see the menu. (Updated October 14, 2014)
  • Please see my ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY website which has over 1,500 photos.
  • 1st Battalion of the Midland Regiment, 1942. This panoramic photo, taken at Niagara On The Lake, is about 4 feet long and 8 inches high. You can see a small version here but a link to an almost original size version is also provided.
  • Canadian Women's Auxilliary Air Force (CWAAF), 1942. This panoramic photo, taken in Toronto, shows the Officers and NCO's of the 1st Squadron, January 1st, 1942. Of the 97 women shown, 10 names are given: A/S/O Bacque, S/O Bather, Cpl Burton, Sgt Ferguson, Cpl Griffin, Cpl Hall, F/O Hime, Cpl McMillan, Cpl Russell, A/S/O Taylor. You can see a small version here but a link to an almost original size version is also provided.
  • Directorate of Procurement Aircraft, 1942. This panoramic photo, taken at Airforce HQ, (Toronto? Ottawa?), shows a mixed bag of about 250 military and civilian men and women. You can see a small version here but a link to an almost original size version is also provided.
  • NEW  No. 6 Platoon, "B" Coy, No. 25 C.A.(B)T.C., Simcoe, ON, 1943. Group photo of 57 officers and men, dated May 5th, 1943. Unfortunately all but eight of the names have been lost. These surnames are: Bryce, Daniels, Davenport, David, Edwards, Holmes, Maxemenko, Thorndyke. (Added November 7, 2014)

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  • In Newfoundland you are never very far from the dead. Graveyards greet you at the entrance to every village, and memorials can be found on nearly every headland overlooking the sea. I noticed two major differences between graves in Newfoundland and those in Ontario -- many headstones with dates well into the 1970's are the thin, white (limestone?) tablets common a century ago, and which can be seen in any mainland "Pioneer" cemetery. The second thing I noticed was the terrible state of many of the cemeteries -- weed-choked with the stones twisted and tumbling at every angle. Many of the cemeteries are well-kept and neat, but the ruins seem to be a significant minority. These photos were taken in late September or early October, 2005.
  • Keels, Anglican Cemetery. Keels has to be one of the most remote and starkly beautiful villages I've ever seen. Our guidebook said that the earliest graves in this cemetery are dated from the late 1700's.
  • Kings Cove Cemetery. A few kilometers down the road from Keels is the larger village of Kings Cove. It boasts at least two churches and a beautiful harbour. This graveyard, probably the Anglican, is larger and if possible, even more bedraggled than the one in Keels.

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  • My grandmother's family (Long) had lived in Princeton, Minnesota since the late 1860's or so. Her father, Solomon Long, ran a shoe store there. After she married my grandfather (Karl (Charles) Ludvig Carlson) in 1905, she lived with him in various small towns in North Dakota, as well as in Kensington, Minnesota (see the photos in the section below). They and their three children moved back to Princeton in 1922. These are only a few of a large collection of Princeton Minnesota photos I inherited from my mother.
    • Old Whittier Schoolhouse in Princeton, 1890s. Many thanks to Sandra Stark for providing many of the student & staff names. This is identified as my grandmother's (Anna Long) school in Princeton. She was born in 1879, so based on her apparent age in the photo it was taken about 1890. This large group consists of all ages from young children to teenagers and teachers. Can you help to identify people?
    • Three Princeton gals, about 1900. Anna Long, Orpha Saxon and Blanche Byers.
    • Princeton Minnesota graduating class of 1925. Group portraits of the graduating class of Princeton High School. Surnames: Balfanz, Bengston, Bragge, Buckley, Caley, Carlson, Cater, Chapman, Davis, Gates, Gilbertson, Glade, Grow, Hall, Hawley, Homme, Howard, Jump, Kaufert, Keen, Kimbling, Milbrath, Mossman, Oliver, Peterson, Ross, Rusene, Sausser, Scholey, Stanley, Townsend, Wicktor, Young.
    • Princeton High School Class, 1927 to 1930.This is my aunt Cathryn Carlson's high school class. She graduated in 1930, but many of the kids look too young to be graduating. This may be her freshman class, which would make the year about 1927. Can you help to identify people?
    • Princeton High School, The Tiger, 1930 Yearbook. Scans of all but the advertising pages of The Tiger, with transcription of all names. This copy belonged to my aunt Cathryn Carlson and it is full of hand-written inscriptions from many of her friends and teachers.

  • My mother's family (Carlson) lived in various small towns in North Dakota and Minnesota between 1905 and the 1930's. My grandfather was a miller and later a mill manager so the family moved often. Keeping track of where they lived at different times is difficult and identifying the locations of a large number of photographs is almost impossible. Here are a very few which show outdoor locations. Can you identify where they are? The Carlsons homesteaded near Tolley (see the two "claim shack" photos below) soon after 1905, but eventually moved into Kenmare where my mother was born in 1908. They also lived in Kensington, Minnesota and Crosby, North Dakota at different times, and moved to Princeton, Minnesota in 1922 (see the photos in the section above).

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  • These two documents are in the collection of the Metro Toronto Reference Library, and can be found in the Baldwin Room, indexed under "Lanark County" and "McFarlane, John." Both documents were microfilmed in 1941, but the film is unreadable, being almost completely black. Luckily, the original documents had been photocopied, and the library staff were able to copy the original photocopies for me. Both journal and letter are extremely fragile. I transcribed the two documents several years ago for the Lanark County Genealogy Society website, but their website ran out of storage space so they weren't used. I discovered the files on an old backup CD, so here they are.
  • The Journal of John McFARLANE, 1821. Sailing from Geenock on May 19, 1821, this family endured many hardships by the time they started clearing their land near Lanark Village in August.
  • Letter from John McFARLANE Sr. to his son John, 1829. His son John being the writer of the journal above. John Sr. was left behind in Scotland and has mostly woeful news for his son.
  • Ancestors Of The McFarlane Family In Lanark Township. This document by Linda Horyn traces the descendants of John McFarlane, Sr. (father of the journal writer and author of the letter above).

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  • I found the above-titled book in an Ottawa bookstore several years ago. When I got around to looking at it recently I found a Certificate of Baptism and a colour photo stuck inside. The certificate is self-explanatory, but the photograph needs you to help with identification. Please see below.

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